Ground Zero opens for gaming, computer enthusiasts

Cody Rasmussen sat in a computer science class a decade ago at Dell Rapids High School. The computer teacher disassembled a computer in front of the entire class, and Rasmussen said he was hooked.



a man standing in front of a television: Calen Kusler (left) and Cody Rasmussen play a game at their new shop in Brandon, Ground Zero Gaming.


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Calen Kusler (left) and Cody Rasmussen play a game at their new shop in Brandon, Ground Zero Gaming.

That classroom demonstration was the first time he’d gotten the itch to pursue a career in the computer and gaming industry. Now living on the east side of Sioux Falls, Rasmussen and business partner Calen Kusler have opened Ground Zero Gaming in Brandon. The store is located at 1316 East Cedar Street.

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Ironically, the computer industry isn’t one Rasmussen pursued. He went to culinary school, but the gaming bug was too big to ignore.

“It’s just something I picked up, learning how to build my own computer,” he said. “I just decided, ‘Why

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